Comsoft Solutions has been selected by Air Navigation and Weather Services (ANWS), a division of the Taiwan Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), to deliver its aeronautical message handling system (AMHS) to upgrade communications in Taiwan.

The Taipei Flight Information Region (FIR), one of the busiest air transport hubs in Asia, covers 180,000 square nautical miles and borders five other FIRs, including Fukuoka, Manila, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

As flight volume in the region increased by more than 7% last year alone, ANWS is attempting to upgrade its message handling capabilities in order to maintain efficiency, while managing flight numbers.

ANWS AMHS replacement project manager Chuck Tseng said: “Comsoft Solutions was selected as the best vendor with the most advantageous tender method.

"The new AFTN / AMHS will be the backbone for ANWS’ aeronautical communication."

“We are pleased to be working together on this project which will support us with enhanced flight service operations and efficiency, in order to meet the air traffic volume growth in the region.”

Under the terms of the deal, Comsoft will provide two identical highly redundant Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) / AMHS nodes.

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One node will operate at the North ATS Park, while the other will act as a contingency system at the South ATS Park.

In addition, an identical test / training and development node will allow ANWS to establish and simulate different operational scenarios in order to enhance the quality of its messaging services.

Comsoft Solutions Message Handling System business unit manager Uwe Kurpat said: “ The new AFTN / AMHS will be the backbone for ANWS’ aeronautical communication.

“The web-service-based AFTN / AMHS messaging client interface (SOAP, originally Simple Object Access Protocol) will give ANWS new possibilities to efficiently integrate air traffic management systems and provides an excellent basis for the future CRV and SWIM-based environments.”